Causation, Correlation and Detroit

    Let us stipulate that the collapse of Detroit, MI and its recent Chapter Nine bankruptcy filing represents an all-American train wreck of inexcusable dimension. Detroit went from being considered by some the Athens of The West to having a credit rating and crime problem more reminiscent of the Mogadishu of The Midlands. So many people are blamed for the current state of Detroit. But most of what you read is patently illogical.

    Those who have no desire to deal with the truth tend to deliberately invert the mechanisms by which Detroit, MI was reduced to an ash heap reminiscent of Hiroshima without the expenditure of thermonuclear ordnance. The general technique of obscuring what went wrong in Detroit is to deliberately conflate causation with correlation. I’ve read a lot of biased writing over the last few days about Detroit. In every case, the thesis of the article, editorial, or blog post involves describing a result of Detroit’s stupidity as the fountainhead of the stupid itself.

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    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott Talks About His Campaign for Governor

    On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson, Ben Domenech and Erick Erickson are joined Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott to discuss his campaign for Texas Governor, his early support of Ted Cruz and how he can keep the Texas economy moving.

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    Rick Perry Praises Wendy Davis. Political Left Gets Outraged

    Rick Perry had kind things to say about Wendy Davis at the National Right to Life meeting going on in Dallas. In his speech he noted: In fact, even the woman who filibustered the Senate the other day was born into difficult circumstances, the daughter of a single mother and a teenage mother herself. She managed to eventually graduate from Harvard Law School and serve | Read More »

    Sarah Silverman Quietly Deletes Perry Accusation

    Sarah Silverman Quietly Deletes Perry Accusation

    Yesterday Sarah Silverman attacked Texas Governor Rick Perry for calling the Texas legislature back into session to vote on the late term abortion ban after Wendy Davis’s failed filibuster. She Tweeted two different variations and after letting the final one stand for a few hours, deleted it without a word. Why do progressives seem so excited to drop the N word? I don’t get it. | Read More »

    Sarah Silverman Quietly Deletes Perry Accusation

    Sarah Silverman Quietly Deletes Perry Accusation

    Yesterday Sarah Silverman attacked Texas Governor Rick Perry for calling the Texas legislature back into session to vote on the late term abortion ban after Wendy Davis’s failed filibuster. She Tweeted two different variations and after letting the final one stand for a few hours, deleted it without a word. Why do progressives seem so excited to drop the N word? I don’t get it. | Read More »

    Call Them Back, @GovernorPerry [update]

    UPDATE: Governor Perry has called them back effective July 1st.————–When last the Republicans filibustered anywhere, it was Rand Paul who led Mike Lee of Utah, Ted Cruz of Texas, and others to filibuster over the use of drones against Americans in the United States. The Democrats chose to filibuster legislation that would save the lives of American citizens. It is telling.Last night in Texas, white | Read More »

    2014 Gubernatorial Races, an Early Take- Part 2

    Obligatory opening caveat: (1) I don’t comment on threads for the reasons cited by westcoastpatriot; I am computer illiterate. I managed it once, but I will be damned if I know how I did it. (2) The “smear” against Donnelly was no “smear” at all, only the fact that the Democrats will use that incident to paint him as wacky in a supremely pro-gun control | Read More »

    Thank you, @GovernorPerry

    Thank you, @GovernorPerry

    Governor Perry vetoed SB 346, the legislation designed to force political groups to reveal their donors to the Texas legislature. The measure, pushed by Republicans at the same time the IRS stories have been breaking, was concocted by a number of squishy Republicans who wanted to shut down conservative groups that had been forcing the squishes to move right. The squishes figured if they knew | Read More »

    Governor Perry, Please Veto SB 346

    Governor Perry, Please Veto SB 346

    I think Governor Rick Perry is the conservative Ben Kenobi. I started to title this piece, “Help me Obi Wan Perry, You’re My Only Hope.” In light of the IRS scandal, you would think that Texas Republicans would not be so foolish as to vote for SB 346 in the state legislature, but apparently they are that foolish. The legislation, in Texas of all places, | Read More »

    Texas is Open for Business

    Texas is Open for Business

    Today, Barack Obama heads to Texas where he’ll be greeted by Governor Rick Perry. The President’s going to see just how awesome Texas is. Seriously. The rest of us should be jealous.Texas was just named the best place to do business by CEO Magazine, several other groups have listed Texas as the most favorable state for jobs, Raytheon just abandoned California for Texas. It’s got | Read More »

    Rick Perry’s Freedom Agenda

    This morning’s post on Texas generated a lot of commentary. I’ve talked to people close to Governor Perry and want to give some information from their perspective. Yesterday, the Texas House voted to begin the expansion of medicaid under Obamacare. Later in the evening, they rescinded the effort. Several reporters and others I talked with explained that while Governor Perry is “rock solid” on the | Read More »

    Rick Perry’s Failure to Lead Leads Texas Closer to Obamacare

    Rick Perry's Failure to Lead Leads Texas Closer to Obamacare

    Late Thursday afternoon, the Republican-controlled Texas House of Representatives took the first step toward capitulation on the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. A few hours later, the amendment directing the Texas state healthcare bureaucracy to start preparing for the expansion was reconsidered and rescinded after a handful of conservatives scrambled to rescue the situation — but the fact that it passed at all is a wake-up call.Here’s | Read More »

    Asa Hutchinson: the next Bob McDonnell?

    Asa Hutchinson: the next Bob McDonnell?

    Right now there is a lot of buzz around Republican Asa Hutchinson, a favorite for governor in Arkansas in 2014. In fact, I saw a poll that said he’s got an early lead over Democrats Mike Ross and Bill Halter. As the race in Arkansas unfolds, expect Asa to point repeatedly to his appointment by President Ronald Reagan as a U.S. Attorney as well as | Read More »

    Jerry Brown gets smacked by Rick Perry over California’s business climate, and reacts… poorly.

    (Via Hot Air Headlines) I can’t believe that Jerry Brown led with his chin with this one: Gov. Jerry Brown publicly scoffed at Gov. Rick Perry’s attempt to draw Californians to Texas for better business, saying that the ad campaign is “barely a fart.” [snip] Brown told reporters that if Perry wanted to be taken seriously, he would have to spend at least $25 million | Read More »

    Texas’s Fight against Planned Parenthood

    With the election and Hurricane Sandy sucking up most of the news oxygen, you may have missed the epic showdown in Texas going on between Rick Perry’s administration and Planned Parenthood. The Texas legislature passed a law last session (2011) prohibiting any state tax dollars from going to abortion providers or their affiliates. In short – Texans shouldn’t have to fund the killing of babies | Read More »